15 Spectacular Skillet Casserole Recipes

These skillet casserole recipes combine quick assembly with classic comfort food.

Chicken Chilaquiles Casserole
Photo: Caitlin Bensel

Casseroles are a Southern staple, but some casseroles take too long to whip up on busy weeknights. With long chill times, multiple layers, and potential hours in the oven, casseroles are sometimes better made a day ahead. Skillet dinners are straightforward to make, but they sometimes serve up the comfort of a casserole. Enter: Skillet casseroles. 

These skillet casserole recipes are quick, easy, and oh-so-cozy. Skillet breakfast casseroles like quiche and frittatas are incredibly versatile, as you can serve them at breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner. But you can also make more traditional dinner casseroles, like chicken pot pie and lasagna, in your skillet. Kid-friendly favorites like mac and cheese and Frito pie will become staples in your house. We use our cast-iron skillets to make recipes from breakfast to dessert, so it's a no-brainer to create skillet casserole recipes. Here are some of our favorite, quick, comfort-food skillet casseroles.

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Skillet Chicken Pot Pie with Leeks and Mushrooms

Skillet Chicken Pot Pie with Leeks and Mushrooms
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Torie Cox; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke

Slow-cook the chicken ahead of time to make prep for this creamy, comforting dinner even more straightforward. Leeks and mushrooms add to the rich flavor of this dish. Keeping the stock from the chicken is the perfect addition to this creamy sauce.

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Skillet-Baked Ziti with Andouille, Tomatoes, and Peppers

Skillet-Baked Ziti with Andouille, Tomatoes, and Peppers
Hector Manuel Sanchez; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

Andouille sausage adds a hint of spice to this classic baked pasta dish. Substitute any spicy sausage for Andouille, like hot Italian sausage or pepperoni, if you prefer. Other than cooking the pasta, this casserole comes together in a single skillet.

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Spring Vegetable Frittata

Spring Vegetable Frittata
Iain Bagwell

This versatile frittata would be delicious at brunch, lunch, or for a meatless Monday dinner. Customize this frittata with your favorite vegetables. This egg bake, topped with feta cheese, is delicious for any time of the year.

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Chicken-and-Wild Rice Skillet Casserole

Chicken-and-Wild Rice Skillet Casserole
Hector Sanchez

Chicken and rice casserole gets a rustic makeover with this ready-for-company dish. This classic dish gets its tangy dressing from gravy flavored with country ham and mushrooms. Garnish with fresh flat-leaf parsley and sliced almonds.

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Sunny Skillet Breakfast

Sunny Skillet Breakfast
Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey

Breakfast casserole without hours of chilling before baking? Sign us up. Make this for a weekend brunch or when the breakfast-for-dinner cravings hit.

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Cheesy Broccoli-and-Rice Casserole

Cheesy Broccoli and Rice Casserole
Hector Sanchez

You won't find canned soup or frozen broccoli in a lightened-up casserole recipe. File this cheesy broccoli casserole under your go-to recipes. Topped with butter and panko crumbs, this casserole filled with cremini mushrooms, minced garlic, and freshly grated nutmeg is as flavorful as comforting.

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Salsa Verde Corn Chip Pie

Salsa Verde Corn Chip Pie
Melina Hammer

The kids will love this easy Mexican dinner, and you'll love that it's ready in about 30 minutes. This bean and pork sausage skillet dish starts with sautéd corn and ends with cheese, salsa, and chile toppings. Complete the meal with cilantro, radishes, or avocado.

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Bacon-Hash Brown Quiche

Bacon-Hash Brown Quiche
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Missie Neville Crawford; Food Styling: Torie Cox

We'll take this crispy-on-the-outside, fluffy-on-the-inside quiche all day, any day. Kick the flavoring up a notch by adding Gruyère cheese and Dijon mustard. This crowd-pleasing recipe has all your favorite ingredients: bacon, shredded potatoes, and hash browns.

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Chicken Chilaquiles Casserole

Chicken Chilaquiles Casserole
Caitlin Bensel

This Mexican casserole begins and ends in the same skillet for the quickest, easiest weeknight meal. It only takes five ingredients to make, resulting in a melty, cheesy chicken dish. Use a rotisserie chicken and store-bought enchilada sauce for convenience.

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Skillet Spinach Lasagna

Skillet Spinach Lasagna
Greg DuPree

Get homemade comfort in one pan with this spinach-and-sausage-filled lasagna. Choose spicy Italian sausage instead of mild for an extra kick. Finish under the broiler to allow the cheese to bubble and brown.

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Golden Beet-and-Potato Breakfast Bake

Golden Beet-and-Potato Breakfast Bake
Victor Protasio

Earthy, golden beets freshen up this skillet casserole that feels indulgent. To make the potatoes and beets extra crispy, squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Top with bacon and parsley, and serve immediately.

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Mexican Mac and Cheese

Mexican Mac and Cheese
Southern Living

This hearty macaroni and cheese recipe is ready in just 20 minutes. This skillet dish will be a family favorite with Mexican chorizo for a kick and two kinds of cheese. Try undercooking the pasta by a minute or so because it will continue cooking under the broiler once added to the creamy sauce and topped with crumbs.

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Skillet Chicken Pot Pie

Skillet Chicken Pot Pie
Becky Luigart Stayner

Refrigerated pie crusts shorten the prep time for this recipe, but the filling is still the timeless flavor you know and love. Instead of pie crust, try making Bacon-and-Cheddar Biscuits for even more flavoring. Top the chicken pot pie filling with biscuits after cooking for about 15 minutes, then proceed with the remaining cook time.

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Red Pepper, Potato, and Ricotta Frittata

Red Pepper, Potato, and Ricotta Frittata
Greg DuPree

Instead of serving a side of breakfast potatoes, try including them in the main dish with this filling, colorful frittata. Customize this dish to your liking by including any fillers you use in a traditional omelet. This Italian egg dish makes enough to feed a family.

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Creamy Tex-Mex Cornbread Bake

Cream Tex-Mex Cornbread Bake
Hector Sanchez

Ground turkey adds protein to this comforting skillet casserole that might be our favorite way to use boxed cornbread mix. Ground turkey, low-fat soup, and low-fat milk help make this skillet dish a light version compared to other meals.

You can always have more one-dish meals on hand. Here are Our Best One-Pot Meals That Require Minimal Cleanup.

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